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What is the best way to start a healthy lifestyle or weight-loss plan?

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Find a Spark Team

Spark People has tons of teams. Search them and find a team that fits your needs. I find being active with a good team, I stay on track longer and in turn, see results!!

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Drinking water

I have bought myself a big green container that holds water and has a little spout to keep in my frig. It helps remind me to keep drinking my 8 glasses a day. Its so much better cold than warm from the tap. It only cost $6 at walmart. The fill is on top so it doesn't leak.

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Perrier - Great substitute

When getting that craving for a soda...sometimes carbonated water can do the trick. Add a hint of lemon or lime - Voila!

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What can you do?

Make a plan that fits. Your plan has to consider you life as is, not what you want it to be. I am not going to pre-buy, pre-cook, or pre-package food for an entire week. So, frozen meals for the microwave are my go-to lunch of choice for work. Add a piece of fruit to make it to the next meal.

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the turtle approach

when i decided the time had come for some much needed lifestyle change, i knew it would be a difficult process. i call it the turtle approach. it has only 2 components: (1) eat more of the healthy stuff, less of the not so healthy AND (2) move more every day. it's not complex - it works for me.

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Always plan ahead

It is so easy to think you can go to an event and promise yourself "I just won't eat any of the goodies"...If your going to a party where your pretty sure there will be lots of fattening food, plan ahead

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Have Fun!

By watching the Biggest Loser or seeing others struggle and hate what they are doing is no way to live. May take some trial and error but have fun and appreciate that you are doing.

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Not a secret

Water. I started working out and water is the key. no if ands or buts about it half your bodies weight or more water water water

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moving is succeeding

Cutting grass or walking the dog......etc etc anything is better than the couch or buffett table I challenge anyone to cover their couch for a week, month, as long as tou want and see how mucj you get done and exercise more because of it .....if you absutely feel you need that small cone you been cr...

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Running Reports at End of Day

Always run your report at the end of day, double check your food entries. I entered one item 4 TIMES, 'SHREDDED CHEDDAR CHEESE 0.13 CUP." it was supposed to be entered x2, but not x4. Wow what a relief after I erased 2 of those!!
Read over your activity entries also.

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